Bookmarks: Narcissism and a trek with a corpse

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Bookmarks: Narcissism and a trek with a corpse

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Andrew Donaldson

What’s in bookstores in 2020? A quick rummage through the publishing schedules reveals that there’s rich and robust reading in the year ahead, with writing that will continue to challenge conventional wisdom and offer fresh perspectives and insights into an increasingly troubled world.

There are some big hitters on the fiction front. Leading the pack, arguably, is My Brilliant Friend author Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults (Europa), a new novel about adolescent shame that confronts both the refinement and vulgarity of Neapolitan life, which is due for release in June.

Another highly anticipated title is Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light (4th Estate), the conclusion to her magisterial trilogy on Thomas Cromwell. Some insiders believe there’s an unprecedented Booker hat-trick in this conclusion to the saga of the blacksmith’s son who has to survive the machinations and treachery of Henry VIII’s court by wits alone as he continues his climb to wealth and power...

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